October is the month of scary movies. There was the release of Carrie and of course all the marathons on TV. However, I’m just not into it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not a huge fan of scary movies. I’ve never seen Saw, Paranormal Activity, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, or any of the sequels. Of course, there are plenty of other films that are appropriate for October. ABC Family had marathons all weekend of non-scary Halloween movies like Teen Wolf (the original) and The Addams Family. Last year, I listed some Not-So-Typical Halloween Movies and I might as well keep up the tradition. We all know the cliche flicks you can watch on or around Halloween (all those movies I haven’t seen.) So while others are marathoning the scariest films known to mankind, I’ll be over here with my non-scary Halloween flicks. Grab some candy and a blanket for this fun non-fright fest.
I have applauded and raved about Songza, but more recently I’ve been getting into 8tracks. (Don’t worry Songza, I’ll never leave you forever.) The trick with 8tracks is finding good playlists to listen to, which can be hard because there are so, so, so, SO many.
The way I got into 8tracks was through people I follow on Tumblr. I started noticing these playlists popping up on my Tumblr dashboard with cool graphically designed cover art that had some really great music. So I began listening to the playlists, which made me start looking for more playlists and before I knew it, I was hooked. I’m still wary of finding good mixes on the 8tracks site, especially since it’s difficult for users to display the song listing. (In fact, it’s impossible without listening to the mix unless the user includes it somehow.) But as long as the people I follow on Tumblr keep reblogging good mixes, I’ll keep discovering new music to love. Here are some of my favorite playlists I’ve found so far.
Full disclosure: I wasn’t just a skeptic, I was a hater. Even before the first season of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow premiered, I had made up my mind that it was the most ridiculous television show to ever grace network TV. Why would anyone rehash such a tired story as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for television and expect it to be original? Why would anyone think inserting Ichabod Crane in the modern day would be a good idea? Who are these producers and what are they thinking? Those were just a few of the questions I had when I first heard about Sleepy Hollow during the spring network upfronts. I was so sure that Sleepy Hollow would be a horrendous train wreck.
But you know what? I can admit that I was wrong. I was so very wrong. Sure, it took at least three of my friends recommending the show to me, plus some interesting gifsets on Tumblr, but eventually I decided to give the pilot of Sleepy Hollow a try. And I’m glad I did. As I mentioned in the first part of my fall premieres post, Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite new series this season. It isn’t like anything else on television right now and that is incredibly refreshing. So if you’re like I was, with your feet planted firmly on the ground of never-ever-ever-watching-Sleepy-Hollow land, I’m here to tell you why you’re wrong. For the love of TV, you should definitely watch Sleepy Hollow.
If you haven’t heard of it–whether you’re on Tumblr or not–the social blogging site launched a book club. Reblog Book Club is toted as “the first-ever official Tumblr Book Club.” It launched the week of September 10th with Fangirl: the Novel by Rainbow Rowell, who is a Tumblr user herself. A book club where I can participate–both by reading the book and talking about it–from my couch? Count me in! I was pretty late to jump on the bandwagon so I just finished Fangirl this weekend, but it’s safe to say the Reblog Book Club definitely picked the perfect novel with which to launch the club.
Fangirl follows Cather and her twin sister, Wren, who start off their freshman year of college in Nebraska. The girls are very close but as they start school, they begin to grow apart in most aspects of their life: Wren chooses to room with someone other than her sister, the girls argue over whether to get in touch with their estranged mother, as well as how to participate in the college lifestyle–Wren decides to join in the party culture of the school while Cath often stays in her room. They also begin to grow apart in regards to the one thing on which they were bonded: Simon Snow. Simon is the main character in a series of books about a magical world. (A none-too-subtle nod to Harry Potter.) Simon Snow plays a huge part in Fangirl since it’s what inspires Cath to be a fangirl and a writer of fanfiction (which is also an important aspect of the story.) Despite her apprehension, Cath is sucked into college life through her roommate Reagan, and Reagan’s constant companion, Levi. Overall, Fangirl is a fantastic window into the life of a modern college girl, one who is nerdy, introverted, and relatable to many, many people.
The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler (well maybe not this year,) summer television is over (unfortunately,) which can only mean one thing: pumpkin spice–I mean–fall TV premiere season! It’s that wonderful time of the year when there are more tv shows to watch than hours in the day. Along with the return of renewed series, there are also many new shows premiering. A few months ago, after the spring upfronts I listed the ten shows I was looking forward to the most. Now, finally, many of those shows have made it to the TV screen.
Premiere season is wonderful, especially now that silly schoolwork doesn’t get in the way of my TV time (I mean, there’s real work from my real job, but it’s not the same.) However, in the tradition of relating new shows to a new school year, I’ve given each of the series premieres a grade. Of course, there are so many shows starting this season that I haven’t been able to catch every single premiere. There are also some series I’ve left off the list–The Blacklist, We Are Men, TheMillers, and The Michael J. Fox Show–as I had no desire to watch the premieres. (Let me know if I should check them out!) I’ve also split up the premieres into two sections. In this post, I’ll be covering shows that premiered in the second half of September. So let’s see if these new shows make the grade.